"No one survived," the airline's chairman, Muhammad Azam Saigol, said at a press conderence.
"I think that there was no technical error or human error… obviously there will be a proper investigation," he said.
Sad & tragic incident, confirming no survivors of 47 aboard crashed flight #PK661.— CAA Pakistan (@AirportPakistan) December 7, 2016
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Pakistan army said earlier that 40 bodies of victims had been recovered. According to Express News, two infants and nine women were also among the victims.
Rescuers found one of two "black boxes" of the Pakistan International Airlines’ plane that crashed in Pakistan on Wednesday, local media reported.
The discovery was confirmed by the airline company, the Geo TV broadcaster reported. There is still no information about the technical condition of the "black box".
Media reports suggested earlier that the crash may have been caused by the engine failure.
"PIA flight 661, an ATR carrying over 45 people crashed into a hilly terrain in Pakistan’s North around 16:30. There is no news of any survivors. Pilot’s mayday call said that left engine was on fire and switching off the engine was last heard. ATR with one engine switched off can barely maintain level flight. If the good engine produces less thrust the problem gets amplified. It seems the aircraft kept descending and went into the hill. Unfortunately the pilot could not do anything. The actual cause will be however determined by Investigation Team," Ex Air Force and Aviation Pilot, Group Captain, Khalid Mehmood told Sputnik.